Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Marine rescued after 2 military aircraft crash off coast of Japan

One rescued An F  A-18D Hornet with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and a KC-130J Hercules with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 simulate an aerial refueling during a friendship festival at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Japa US Marine aircraft suffer 'mishap' off Japanese coast, search-and-rescue underway
Jeannette Daniel | 06 December, 2018, 02:38

Reports on Twitter indicate that two USA military aircraft have crashed during a midair refueling operation off Iwakuni, Japan.

The Marine Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday).

A US official told Fox News that seven Marines were on board the two aircraft.

A Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 F/A-18 Hornet conducts an aerial refuel utilizing a KC-130J in coorlation with Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Ariz., April 10.

Japan's Defense Ministry said the two aircraft carrying seven crew members altogether had collided midair and crashed into the sea about 100 kilometers south of the Muroto cape in Kochi Prefecture.

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The Marine Corps said Japanese search-and-rescue aircraft immediately responded to aid in recovery efforts.

The circumstances of the mishap were under investigation and no other information was available, according to the statement.

In November, a USA navy fighter jet crashed into the sea off Japan's southern island of Okinawa and its 2 crew members were rescued alive.

Those incidents have stoked tensions between close military allies Washington and Tokyo and led to protests against the deployment of Ospreys by residents living near United States bases.

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